A Case for Greater Investments in M&E Capacity for Africa

Weak monitoring and evaluation (M&E) capacity in Africa is a persistent challenge that has faced development agencies, foundations, for-profit and not-for-profit organizations alike, as they seek to monitor and evaluate their programs and projects.  M&E capacity challenges in Africa are driven by many factors, including: 1) insufficient numbers of trained and experienced African M&E experts; and… Continue reading A Case for Greater Investments in M&E Capacity for Africa

Cloud Evaluation Service: Harnessing Data Science for Evidence-based Decision Making

Prepared by – Elvis Fraser, Ph.D., Founder & Managing Director, Sankofa Consulting & Adnan Mahmud, Founder & CEO, LiveStories The Problem In the words of The Economist, data is now the world’s most valuable resource. Amazon, the most valuable company in the world – is based on data. Today, every sector of the economy is getting disrupted by big data applications and tools. For example, the… Continue reading Cloud Evaluation Service: Harnessing Data Science for Evidence-based Decision Making

Unleashing the Power of Impact Investing: Using Data to Blunt the Potential Influence of Unconscious Bias in the Perception of Risk

The ever-increasing importance of impact investing as a tool for combatting poverty and underdevelopment is greeted with both excitement and skepticism. Broadly speaking, impact investing is the use of capital investments to achieve sound financial returns as wells as positive social and/ or environmental impact(s). Advocates of impact investing see the opportunity to unlock massive amounts of… Continue reading Unleashing the Power of Impact Investing: Using Data to Blunt the Potential Influence of Unconscious Bias in the Perception of Risk

Grantmakers may increase the impact of philanthropic investments by diversifying their pool of grantees and partners

Having spent the last 10 years working in the philanthropic sector, I am inspired by the emergence of many new private philanthropies, which are expanding the pool of resources available to tackle persistent social problems that plague the poor and disadvantaged globally. While there is an increase in philanthropic dollars, there is also a noticeable tendency… Continue reading Grantmakers may increase the impact of philanthropic investments by diversifying their pool of grantees and partners